WORKING WITH BATTERED WOMEN: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals
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Reporting To Legal Authorities
Unlike with child abuse, reporting abuse of adults is not mandatory. To protect the patient's right to confidentiality and safety, reporting violence against an adult to the police or crown is therefore done only with the patient's knowledge and permission.
Police Involvement and Communication with the Police
Involving the police may enable the patient to feel more power in the situation and may also act as a deterrent to further abuse, at least in the short term. Hospital records that are complete and clearly written facilitate legal proceedings. Often the hospital record itself is sufficient and there is no need for hospital staff to be further involved. But do not involve the police against the patient's wishes.
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